|PURPOSE: To introduce the rider and/or horse to the sport of dressage. To show understanding of riding the horse forward with a steady tempo into an elastic contact with independent, steady hands and a correctly balanced seat. To show proper geometry of figures in the arena with correct bend (corners and circles).||RIDER #||6943|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST A
Between X & C
|Enter working trot rising. |
|Straightness on centerline and in transition; clear trot and walk rhythm.||6||6||straight but very fussy and unconnected. try to think about allowing your hands to stay soft and keep even pressure with your legs to create a channel for your horse to maintain his straightness. look up and at the judge to help steer your horse. don't worry as much about the frame as the softness in your hand. good forward energy that needs to find a way to recycle|
|Track right. |
Working trot rising.
|Balance and bend in turn. Quality of transition.||6||6||again, horse is energetic and forward but he is being blocked by your hand trying to keep him round and in a frame. try to roll your shoulders back and bend your elbows and imagine that you are pushing your hand into his mouth rather than trying to pull your horse's neck into a round frame|
|3||A||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||shows some bend, scopey trot! You are looking down and pulling back to create a frame. horse is a bit quick in the tempo so, instead of trying to block it with pulling, try to post more slowly so that you set the tempo rather than the horse. use half halts that include your core and balance and not just your hand/arm|
|4||K-X-M||Change rein.||Clear trot rhythm and straightness on diagonal; bend through corners.||6||6||unbalanced and bouncing off rider's legs from one side to the other which seems to indicate that rider's aids are too strong and horse over-reacts. try to lift your ribcage, slow your posting relax your legs softly aginst the horse's sides and breath your tempo to help him stay more relaxed and rythmic|
|5||C||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||7||7||better here but still rider is a little forward with the upper body and strong with hands|
|6||Between C & H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||obedient but lacks throughness and against hand. try to become very relaxed in your whole body and push hand forwar a tiny bit to horse to encourage a reach to your hand in the downward. I like that you took your time into the transition- take more if it with make the transition more fluid. some tension in the seat and the horse's natural tension cause the jig|
|7||H-X-F||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||7.5||7.5||lovely swing and relaxation through back with ground covering strides. the up and down of the neck is the last bit of tension and will go away as horse becomes more relaxed. rider's position in the FW is very good- nicely upright but with a soft, following seat and relaxed thigh. well done|
|Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm, bending in corner and turn.|
Straightness on centerline.
|7||7||a little tension picking up the reins but rider tactfully backed off and then asked again. very good march and straight on CL and rider is nicely balanced and allowing with hand and seat. anticipates the halt|
|9||X||Halt and salute.||Straightness; willing, balanced transition at halt.||7||7|
immobile but tense, tactful aids.
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7.5||7.5|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6.5||6.5||energetic and forward thinking horse but needs to learn to slow tempo to better balance from his own HQ and not on rider's hand|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||too much front to back so that horse is over-reactive to rider's rein aids and becomes very unsteady in the connection|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||7||7||balanced rider- lovely position in walk- needs to maintain that same relaxed, upright, supple position in the trot to help horse with his balance|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6.5||6.5||trans to walk, FW, MW well done|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||7||7||diagonal line could be straighter between rider's leg and seat aids|
|Very nice horse (I'd love to see his canter!) with a wonderful desire to go forward. Once horse and rider are better tuned to the half halt and horse is more willing to respond to a slowing of the tempo, scores will increase. Connection issues because horse runs into the rider's hand and the rider is using more rein aids for the half halts than core body, balance, and tempo aids to help horse figure things out. Super potential for a talented apir. Best of luck!!|